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A New 'Dumping Ground' For Murdered Women Demands More Focus
2012-05-07 19:25:03 (116 weeks ago)
Posted By: JWSmythe
In the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, the bodies of 23 people were found hanging from a bridge or decapitated and dumped near city hall. Nine victims were found hanging from an overpass leading to a main highway. Police later found 14 human heads
Morgue workers place a coffin holding an unidentified victim of the drug war into a grave at San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of the border city of Ciudad Juarez last December. (Reuters) in coolers near city hall, along with a threatening note.

Not surprisingly, the incident is thought to be a byproduct of rival drug cartels in the area across from Laredo, Tex.

With that kind of brutality as a backdrop, maybe it should not be surprising that the discovery of a new dumping ground for bodies of young girls earlier this year got relatively little media attention. But we should notice.

Outside Ciudad Juarez, which borders El Paso, Tex., authorities found the skeletal remains of 12 girls and women in January and February. The finding revived a trauma that has plagued the area for almost two decades.

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The discovery of the new dumping ground outside Ciudad Juarez speaks to a different problem. These killings are “femicides.”

The National Organization for Women, which was among groups trying to focus attention on the killings in past years, defines femicide as “the mass murder of women simply because they are women.’’

Most are young women who disappear while on their way to or from work or school. They are often tortured, raped and mutilated before they die.

Two years ago, Mexican prosecutors said they were making progress, noting that they had succeeded in getting 117 murder convictions from the older cases.

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